October 10, 2016 7:37 pm -

Country music star Emily West’s skin did not meet with The Donald’s approval.

While HuffPost didn’t have video footage to go with the transcript, they did authenticate the transcript that they received. The episode, titled ‘Beauty and Brains’ and included Cyndi Lauper and Luke Bryan, was part of the program’s ninth season.

During the broadcast, contestants were split into teams to make over a country music star. One of the stars, singer Emily West, was managed by Lauper’s team. When Trump and his board were presented with brochures featuring West, Trump kept harping about the way West looked. Specifically, her skin.


“I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay?” he says, according to the transcript. “I mean her skin, she needs some serious fuckin’ dermatology.”

Cyndi Lauper, who headed the team that managed West, interjected to explain that they used “dry stuff” ― presumably, makeup ― and said Trump was objecting to something that was “not her skin.” But he remained unimpressed.

“Fuck,” he proclaimed. “That’s Emily, that’s what I’m hearing about? Let me see the other one. I assume you’re not putting this on the show. ‘Cause I don’t wanna destroy the kid’s career.”

Trump would continue to focus on West’s appearance in the unaired part of the show, stating that while he wasn’t “a gay man” he liked how Bryan looked better.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.